Smoking Buddies
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,502
Ranked #12,152
4.27 | pDev: 5.62%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing Company

Smoked and aged on cedar.
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has stronger flavors of citrusy hops - oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular - along with hints of smoke and cedar, the latter of which is most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is first and foremost an IPA but the smoked cedar lends an interesting twist to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the can, it pours a hazy golden orange color. A finger length frothy white head displays good retention. There is lacing throughout.

The aroma opens like a typical IPA with notes of fruity hops, specifically tropical and stone fruit. These include peach, apricot, mango and pineapple, along with hints of lemon and kiwi. I don’t immediately detect the smoke, however, as a moderate amount amount of herbaceous and dank aromas develop, I begin to notice the notes of cedar wood.

The flavor profile is very tasty and reminds me of a classic DIPA. Juicy tropical and stone fruit flavors align with the aroma and balance well with a firm sweet doughy and caramel malt backbone. There is lots of herbaceous dank, grassy, piney and resiny flavors along with a solid bitterness. Additional flavors of grapefruit and lime add a zesty spice. More so than the aroma, the smoke cedar adds a nice woody spice particularly to the finish. The finish has a nice mouth puckering dryness to it.

Medium bodied with a mellow carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth overall with a bit of stickiness.

This was a really fun and tasty DIPA. The smoky element added an excellent and unique touch.

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Gajo74 from New York, Mar 17, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Slightly hazy, but mostly cleared pale amber body color, a little bit of orange to it as well. Fluffy creamy good large fine even head with lots of ring lacing and clumps. Classic looking IPA.

Man this aroma is exceptional. Big hits of earthy hop, with a touch of cedar woods on the nose. Lovely touch of woody spice and hop angle that goes to more fruit tangerine and tropical notes. Reminds me of a lot of Cigar City cedar beers… This is really nice.

Wooah is this beer on the palate something special. There's just about everything perfectly going on. Wonderful woody spiced cedar mixing with a sweet rich malt orange and citrus backbone. Excellent finish of wood and hop bitterness that’s like smoking a hop cigar. A supper mix of excellent sweetness and wonderful smoke to go with it in flavor also, that even goes into black pepper heat.

Man has this been put together nicely. Excellent brew, definitely loving the wood angle on this, which may not be for everyone.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Mar 13, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure about the smokiness of this beer. In a blind test, I would assume it is one of Alchemist double IPAs. An almost perfect mix of hoppy bitterness, fresh hops, and deceiving lightness.

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shkin from New York, Feb 19, 2020
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 12 ratings